Lenovo topped global PC sales in 2022 as shipments declined by 16%

The continued global economic decline has exerted pressure on the PC market despite the increased adoption of the digital lifestyle.

According to Canalys, a company specializing in research in technology channels and smartphones, the total shipments of desktops and notebooks declined by 29% to 65.4 million units in Q4 2022. Total shipments for the full-year 2022 were recorded at 285.1 million units, a 16% drop from the highs of 2021 when all end-user segments saw peak demand.

“Shipment volumes remain favourable compared to pre-pandemic, with total 2022 shipments 7% higher than in 2019. Notebooks underwent a larger decline, down by 30% to 51.4 million units in Q4 2022 and 19% to 223.8 million units for the full year,” says the report.

The same report reveals that both public and private sector budgets faced tightening amid rising interest rates, slowdowns in hiring and expectations of a recession early this year.

“This challenging environment for the PC industry is anticipated to last until the second half of this year,” the report adds.

This notwithstanding, the setback is viewed only expected to be short-term, with the long-term outlook remaining largely positive.

Once businesses and consumers ride out the storm, we expect delayed purchases to begin boosting the market in late 2023, with momentum picking up in 2024,” notes the report.

Lenovo secured the top spot in the PC market in Q4 2022, with shipments totalling 15.5 million units, representing a 29% year-on-year decline. It was also the largest shipping vendor for the full-year 2022, posting 68.1 million units as it underwent a 17% decline compared to 2021.

HP ranked second, also seeing shipments decline by 29% in Q4 to a total of 13.2 million units. For the full-year 2022, it saw shipments fall by 25% to 55.2 million units.

Dell came in third, although it recorded the largest decline among the top vendors in Q4, with shipments down by 37% to 10.8 million units. However, it recorded considerably healthy commercial sales earlier in 2022, which saw its total shipments hit 49.7 million units, representing a 16% decline.

Apple was placed fourth in both the Q4 and full-year rankings, ending 2022 with 27.2 million Macs shipped for a 6% decline, while Asus rounded out the top five with a modest decline of 4% compared.

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